What are the career paths in the computer security field?Rich
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These are actually quite different…
Likewise, in all the above there are different areas of expertise, and an expert in one won’t necessarily have anything intelligent to say in any other area:
On top of that, there are some that specialize in building the secure systems (at each level of the stack), and some that spend their time breaking them – and it is not always shared expertise.
There are probably even more niche-niches that I’m skipping over, but you’re starting to get the picture…. As you can see, what a security guy or gal does on a day to day basis is as wide and varied as the companies in which they work, and the systems which they work on. Most often, this DOES require shifting several hats, and working mostly on short tasks… BUT what stays the same (usually) is the requirement to focus on the risks (and threats), whether its mostly a technical job as defining firewall rules, or communicating with the business and lawyer types about the organization’s current security posture.
As to how to get into the field? Ideally, you have some experience (preferably expertise) in some other field, that you can then specialize to security.
I also strongly suggest reading lots of security books and blogs (I enjoy Bruce Schneier’s stuff), and also try out OWASP for the application side of things.
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